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Court declared LGA autonomy accorded them under the constitution



A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has proclaimed that Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the nation can practice the capacities agreed on them under the Constitution without National Assembly authorization.

Equity Charles Agbaza said the way that the National Assembly was yet to institute a law to illuminate capacities for the territory committees as accommodated under Section 7(5) of the Constitution does not strip them of their essential capabilities officially recorded in the Constitution.

The declaration pursued a suit by an Abuja-based legal counselor, Ogwu, James Onoja, testing the move by the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, and the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) to supplant the street named after him by the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, with ‘Amma Pepple Crescent.’

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“The Constitution had officially perceived and in fact agreed on those capacities as elements of the nearby government territories or region committee; the law to be ordered is, for the most part, to conform to the arrangements of the Constitution as the Constitution had effectively under the fourth calendar doled out or concurred the neighborhood government committees or territory chambers the capacity which incorporates the naming of boulevards and streets. See Section 1(g) of the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution,” the judge said.

Equity Agbaza additionally limited the FCDA and its offices from further messing with the road named after Onoja.

Onoja had looked for the court’s assurance on whether the FCDA and AMMC or some other bureau of the Federal Capital has the forces to annihilate, disassemble or wreck road posts and signs mounted by AMAC in perspective on the arrangements of Sections 7, 303, 328, First Schedule, Part II and Paragraph (g) of the Fourth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution.


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